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The Elburn Herald has been serving the Kaneland communities since 1908. To reach our editor, Keith Beebe, email, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 105. To reach our owner/publisher, Ryan Wells, email, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 107.

Elburn offers community emergency response classes

The Elburn Police Department is hosting Community Emergency Response Team classes starting Thursday, Oct. 15, and ending on Dec. 7.

These classes will be held at the Elburn Village Hall, 301 East North St., Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

These classes are designed to prepare the community to respond to a disaster, whether natural or man-made, and help make a difference should the worst occur.

Call Sergeant Ron Brandenburg of the Elburn Police Department at (630) 387-8743 for more information or to register for the class.

Oct. 1 Police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sugar Grove
• Someone drew graffiti with a permanent marker on playground equipment in the Black Walnut Park on Black Walnut Drive, Sugar Grove between Sept. 16 and Sept. 17.

• Someone shot a BB at a glass basketball hoop in the 200 block of BelleVue Lane, Sugar Grove, causing the backboard to shatter on Sept. 19. The property was valued at between $600 and $700.

• A large black dog was reported loose at Neil and Stanley roads in Sugar Grove on Sept. 17 at 8:58 p.m. The dog was picked up by Kane County Animal Control.

• Several dogs not leashed or fenced in confronted a resident in the 1900 block of Annette Circle at 7:56 a.m. on Sept. 18. The owner was issued an ordinance violation.

• A resident from Whitfield Drive complained of gun shots in the area near the 300 block of Galena Boulevard. Four citizens with valid FOID cards and current hunting licenses who had discharged shots from shotguns were approached and police explained that shooting within the corporate limits of the village was not allowed.

• Roberto A. Soto, 18, of the 300 block of Meadows Drive, Sugar Grove, was stopped for a front license plate not properly attached at 10:38 a.m. on Sept. 21 and was found to have a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear for a speeding ticket in a construction zone.

Blackberry Farm focuses on festive fall

AURORA—Blackberry Farm will celebrate the fall season throughout the month of October with its Pumpkin Weekends beginning Saturday, Oct. 3.

For four weekends in October, Blackberry Farm will be festively decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, and a decorating station with painting supplies is provided.

Carousel rides, hay rides and tours on the “Pumpkin Train” are also part of each weekend’s festivities. Guests will enjoy discounted rates as well, with $3 admission for residents and $5 for non-residents.

“We used to do a Fall Festival in October each year, and it was so popular and well-received that we decided to expand it to every weekend,” said Sandy Smith, facility supervisor at Blackberry Farm. “In the last few years, Pumpkin Weekends have become a favorite event for young families.”

Each weekend will feature a different series of activities.

“This is such a fun time of year,” said Smith, “so we want to make the season last just a little longer.”

TriCity Family Services seeking nominations for William D. Barth Award

GENEVA—TriCity Family Services is seeking nominations for the 25th Annual William D. Barth Award. Established in 1985, the Barth Award recognizes one individual who has made a significant and positive impact, through community service, on the central Kane County area.

Nominees must be individuals whose investment in the community, and concern for those living here, is shown by an ongoing involvement in community life. The award recipient will exemplify the legacy of William D. Barth, a founder of TriCity Family Services and a dedicated community leader. The award will be presented at the annual Barth Award Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Riverside Reception and Conference Center in Geneva.

Nominations must be submitted in writing by Oct. 2. A William D. Barth Award nomination form is available, but not required. Nomination form and a list of prior awardees is available on the TriCity Family Services website

Send nominations to Miranda Iwataki, TriCity Family Services, 1120 Randall Ct., Geneva, IL 60134. Via fax, send to (630) 232-1471 and via e-mail, send to

Call (630) 232-1070 with questions or for more information.

Letter: Impressed with Aleburn

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce gets a “thumbs up, five stars” for their Aleburn event.

Saturday’s event deserves special recognition. Billed as a fun afternoon for the whole family, Swing Assembly, an 11-piece band, took the prize. This band was terrific. They were brought to Elburn by none other than our famous Randy Ream; you know, our great meat market guy—Ream’s Market. Randy joined the band with his saxophone too. And Marie, the vocalist was outstanding. Marie’s words, as she sang, were actually understandable. She has great diction. None of that screeching most often heard by many modern-day vocalists. I compare her to others that have made it big; like Barbara Streisand and Diana Krall. Check this band out at

The event had a truck, a tractor and fire engines, all of which could be climbed on and explored by the children. They, too, had a ball.

Then there was the bags tournament enjoyed mostly by adults but engaged some teenagers too. Michael and Gina Greenen were a couples team. They looked good even if lefty Michael’s toss couldn’t find the hole in the target.

The food and drinks were outstanding. Reams again stood out with their brats and franken brats. Paisano’s, as always, had a wonderful reuben sandwich. American Legion were there to help quench ones thirst. To top it all off, there was Party Animals with their homemade desserts. If you haven’t tried their desserts, give them a try.

All in all, it was a fantastic afternoon. Thank you, Elburn Chamber of Commerce. Joan and I will be anxiously waiting for the next Chamber event. The chamber’s website will be getting our attention frequently, We think this event was the brainchild of Leslie Flint of the Elburn Herald.

Joan and Jack Hansen

Letter: Thoughts about the ‘former recession’

Economists, politicians and pundits proclaim “The recession’s over … the recession’s over!”

If the recession is over, why don’t the rest of us feel better? If the experts are indeed telling the truth, why isn’t there more evidence beyond their “happy talk?”

So many of my constituents are unemployed, losing their homes, falling even farther behind on crippling credit card debt, and we’re scared, angry and some are becoming desperate. “Jobless recoveries” are esoteric and frankly worthless for those whom I serve.

Ben Bernanke assures us that the bailouts worked, and got reappointed. Tim Geithner has slowed the breathtaking pace of government takeovers of private enterprises, and I trust is now paying his own taxes. Vice-President Joe Biden claims that the $787 billion so-called stimulus package “is not only working, but is exceeding expectation” by “having created or saved between 500,000 and 750,000 jobs this year,” but who really takes Mr. Biden seriously?

I’m trying not to shout “You lie,” but our current administration seems to be proving the adage, “Politicians campaign in poetry, but govern in prose.” It seems like a better place to begin a true recovery is by telling the truth—Americans can handle it.

You can either believe what politicians and powerful bureaucrats say or you can trust what you actually see for yourself. The facts, as my Illinois constituents see them, do not confirm the Alice in Wonderland/Bernie Madoff blow sunshine at ‘em until the money runs out.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate is over 10 percent in 15 states, with high-taxing states like Michigan at 15.2 percent, California at 11.6 percent, and Illinois at 10.3 percent. The jobless rate, including those who have stopped looking, is now 16.8 percent.

Congress was pushed to pass the stimulus quickly with the promise that, if they did, unemployment would remain below 8 percent in 2009. Shouldn’t nearly $1 trillion of taxpayer money have more and a better effect than just another broken promise?

According to the Census Bureau, median U.S. household income dropped 3.6 percent to $50,303 last year, the sharpest drop since 1967, and sent income to its lowest point in 12 years. Professor Sheldon Danzinger, at the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center, points out that second years of recessions are typically worse and predicts a drop of 5 percent or more this year.

We are told by the Fed that the banking system has been stabilized, but $49 billion of bad loans were written off in just the past 90 days, up 85 percent (almost double) from one year ago. Delinquent commercial loans for construction and land are now 21.2 percent in Chicago, with delinquent mortgages at 6.1 percent, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. I shudder to think about the impact of consumer credit card loan defaults.

With bad loans piling up, the FDIC has increased the number of endangered banks in jeopardy of closure to 416. Barron’s Financial News reports that FDIC’s insurance fund has fallen to $10.4 billion, setting the stage for the government agency to borrow up to another $500 billion from the Treasury. Taxpayers now and in the future will again be on the hook.

Yet, even with a scorching stock market rally that has increased the S&P 500 Index by more than 50 percent since March, why has the financial sector, the beneficiaries of the first Bush bailout with our money, gained roughly 140 percent during that same vainglorious stretch?

The taxpayer-sponsored Cash-for-Clunkers Program proved a boon to the U.S. economy, but an even greater godsend for Asian automakers. You and I financed 700,000 new car purchases with Asian car companies selling 41 percent (Toyota with 19.4 percent), U.S. car companies sold 39 percent of the total, and European manufacturers taking the rest. China is currently tooling up to enter the American market in the next wave with a big chunk of money provided by multibillionaire Warren Buffet.

Dollars-for-Dishwashers is the next artificial, debt-fueled stimulus program ready to be rolled out. Our children and grandchildren will pay back billions in debt incurred so that our friends and neighbors can buy washing machines, central air conditioners, furnaces, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters and heat pumps. Politicians and bureaucrats will justify this largesse by requiring the Energy Star rating for environmental efficiency.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, only 20 percent of 2009 graduates who applied for jobs landed one by graduation day, compared to 51 percent of 2007 graduates.

But most of all, the impact of the political and economic turmoil of the last two years is reaching deeply into the psyche and social fabric of our fellow countrymen. More people are delaying marriage and home-buying, turning to carpools just to get stuck in ever-worsening traffic, staying put but fighting constantly escalating property taxes rather than moving to new cities. The White House says that it’s a “plausible scenario” that by Thanksgiving, 50 percent of us could catch H1N1 flu and 90,000 Americans could die from it. Do you wonder why suicides are increasing?

If it were my decision alone to set our priorities, next to our spiritual health, I would focus on jobs rather than medical healthcare. With higher income, more people and employers can afford healthcare.

Sarah and I have always believed and taught our children that incentives matter: work hard, treat others respectfully, stand against corruption, rein in your appetites and productive results will occur.

Is it selfish for those of us who follow the rules and find it hard enough to take full responsibility for our own families’ actions and welfare to resent being forced by the Obama-Reid-Pelosi government, elected by the majority of Americans, to pay for other people’s mortgages, buy their clunkers, and soon their appliances?

Let’s face it, we are being coaxed into accepting the notion that “less bad” news is good news. We were promised better than this during the campaign more than a year ago, i.e. better economic conditions and a new era of bipartisan leadership. It is obviously not here yet; we are patiently hoping for change.

Senator Chris Lauzen
25th District

Dorothy A. Wold

Dorothy A. Wold, 87, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away at Provena Geneva Care Center, Geneva, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009.

She was born Aug. 16, 1922, the daughter of Mont and Lizzie (Freyling) Albert in Brandon, Iowa.

Dorothy grew up in Jesup, Iowa, and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1940 from Jesup Consolidated High School.

Following graduation, Dorothy attended nursing school, graduating as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Burlington, Iowa. Using her degree, she worked locally for a time before moving to Elmhurst, Ill., to help her sister Wilma.

It was during this time she met the man she would marry, Edwin Wold. He found Dorothy working behind a soda fountain, and before long, they fell in love and began a new life together on Oct. 23, 1942.

Shortly after, Edwin served his country in the Navy and upon his return to civilian life, they made their home in Elmhurst. They soon moved to Winfield, Ill., where they lived for 40 years, raising their six children. This is also when Dorothy began her 45-year career as a nurse at Community Hospital in Geneva. Dorothy worked straight through the Delnor and Community Hospital merger and retired in 1998. Dorothy and Edwin moved to Sandwich in 1991.

She was a proud and very active member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She also was a member and organist for 25 years at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Winfield.

Dorothy loved to knit and sew everything under the sun. From baby clothes, afghans and wedding gowns, nothing was too big or too small for Dorothy’s hands to make. Her garden was filled with everything from flowers to vegetables, and her table was always laden with its bounty.

She now leaves six children, Edwin Wold of Sandwich, Doug (Jan) Wold of Ft. Myers, Fla., Dennis (Jill) Wold of Aurora, Penny (Jeff) Janacek of Batavia, Dee (Pat) Dodd of Batavia, Mark (Jenny) Wold of Elburn; 16 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Alberta Collins of Montclair, Calif., John Albert of Pharr, Texas, Dale Albert of Adel, Iowa, and June Zhiss of Guttenburg, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; her husband, Edwin; one sister, Wilma Jensen; and one brother, Donald Albert, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life was held at 10 a.m. the following day at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Lee Road, Hinckley, Ill. Rev. Donald Balgeman, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy Wold Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at

Marianna Erika Schafft

Marianne Erika Schafft, 88, of St. Charles, formerly of Des Plaines, Ill., passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva.

She now leaves four children, Anke (John) Roelle of Sharon, Wis., Peter (Deborah) Schafft of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, Ingrid (Don) Blahut of St. Charles, and Tom (Linda) Schafft of St. Charles; nine grandchildren, Christine, Shelley, Jennifer, Erika, Danika, Derek, Lisa, Brianna and Caleb; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; one brother, Ernie (Helga) Andresen on Vancouver Island, British Columbia; several nieces and nephews, both here and abroad, as well as a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; one sister, Inge Rehse; and both husbands, Karl and Hugo, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was Monday, Sept. 28, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate her life followed the visitation at 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the American Heart Association and the National Kidney Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Marianne Schafft Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Church news: Oct. 1

St. Gall hosts annual Gala
St. Gall will host host its annual Gala Event on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.
It is a silent auction, live auction, dancing with appetizer service. The gala starts at 6 p.m., and the cost for the event is $25 per person.

For reservations, contact Carrie Walter at (630) 365-3707.

Grace UMC Fall Fest Oct. 3
MAPLE PARK—Grace UMC of Maple Park, 506 Willow St., will host its annual Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 3.

There will be a craft walk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a craft and game time for children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the praise band will perform from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the REACH Program.

For more information, call (815) 739-4168.

Kaneville UMC annual beef supper and bazaar Oct. 3
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville United Methodist Church, located at 46W764 Main Street Road, will host its annual beef supper and bazaar from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Supper is served from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and features roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, homemade cranberry relish, coleslaw, rolls and homemade pie, all served family-style. Carry-out dinners will also be available beginning at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children grades K-6, and $1 for preschool-age children. 

A bazaar featuring homemade baked goods, candies and crafts, as well as numerous gift basket drawings, will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Some of the basket themes are Chocolate Lovers, Hills Country Store, Fall, Christmas, Boyds Bears, and Pet Lovers. Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5.

For more information, call (630) 365-1175.

Bread and soup luncheon to benefit Mutual Ground Oct. 4
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church invites area residents to enjoy a variety of hot soups and baked breads at its annual Bread and soup luncheon hosted at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove.

The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Mission’s Committee, will carry out the annual bread and soup luncheon beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. Soup bowls and dining service will be provided.

The annual fundraiser seeks to raise voluntary contributions for Mutual Ground of Aurora, a shelter whose mission is to provide care and assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Monetary donations can be made by sending a check to the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, designating your gift to Mutual Ground. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 226, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors feature program for ages 10-14
GENEVA—A new program developed by the Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN), called Contemporary Jewish Learning for Young People, is designed to explore and enhance a child’s Jewish identity through movies, music, literature, art, and above all, a fun experience.

Children ages 10 to 14 years old may be enrolled in this unique opportunity offered in the Tri-Cities. Topics to be covered include: Jewish identity, ethics, Jewish literature, Jews in the arts and media, and more. In addition, participants will be given opportunities to discuss events and experiences from their own lives, within a Jewish context.

Field trips, community service projects, crafts and games will also be included.

Jeff Zolitor, an experienced educator of Jewish ‘tweens and teens, will lead this program, which will meet the second Sunday of each month, October through May 2010, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at FVJN: 121 S. Third St., Geneva.

Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 2. There is a $40 fee for the first child, and $20 for each additional child in the same family. All interested Jewish youth are welcome to participate in this program, regardless of affiliation or membership in a synagogue.

To register, e-mail Barb Anderson at, or by calling (630) 584-3491, with each child’s name, age, grade, parent’s name, address, phone and e-mail.

FVJN is a Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families living in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes.

FVJN is a tax-exempt organization pursuant to Internal Revenue Code section 501c3. Five percent of proceeds from all FVJN events is donated to local charities.

Letter: Lions offer Stones and Bones Festival

Saturday, Oct. 3, is the first ever Elburn Lions Stones and Bones Festival.

The title gives nothing away about what it is, except the mystique of it. Quite simply, it means “Stones,” turkey testicles, and “Bones,” barbecue baby back ribs.

Those two items are on the opposite ends of the culinary scale, so we’ve put brats and hot dogs in between.

So much for the culinary part of the title; now for the festival part. There will be a bags tournament from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or whenever we finish the double elimination. The cost of this is $30 per two-person team in advance, or $35 per two-person team the day of, if there are any spots left. 60 percent of the entry fee will be given back as prize money. Boxes and bags will be provided by the Lions club. Rules will be posted at the registration table and on the field. I’m told that some of the best throwers in this area have signed up.

There will be a community garage sale for anyone that would like to sell items from their home. A $15 fee will get you a 10-foot-by-10-foot space to sell your treasures. You keep the money from your sale, and unsold items must leave with you at the end of the day. A $25 fee will get you a similar-sized space if you are a vendor or crafter.

We have a variety of crafters and vendors for your shopping pleasure. Crafters, vendors and community garage sale participants can still secure a space by calling Cindy Halsey at (630) 466-0341. Our website is

Live country music will be provided by Back Country Roads from 1 to 4 p.m. Our own Ron Algrim is the head barbeque chef and has a masterful crew that will be preparing your meal. Carry-out half- and full-slab rib dinners will be available by calling (630) 365-6315, but then you’ll miss the music and all the fun.

We have the pleasure of having the gentleman and his cook that drew hundreds of people every year to Huntley, Ill., for a taste of his famous turkey “fries.” We want ours to be as lip-smacking good as theirs.

This is a fundraiser for the upkeep of our 26-acre park, so that your family may play baseball and football, picnic, or use the playground. We look forward to serving you this Saturday, and don’t forget our car show this Sunday, Oct. 4.

Chris Halsey
Elburn Lions Club

Letter: Where were the “facts?”

I would like to know where Jeff MacKenzie got some of his “facts” for his long-winded article to Congressman Foster because some of his information is wrong or just bizarre.

I can’t attest to any agreements between Congress, insurance, AMA, etc., but that is certainly what lobbying is all about. You must contribute money and lobby to be heard.

It is certainly important to communicate either as an individual or an organization with Representatives and Senators in order for them to have facts on which to base decisions. Unfortunately too many of them are for sale and write or support legislation than enriches their campaign or helps them keeps their job rather than doing what they should be doing.

I think most of us who are savvy about health care pricing are aware of multiple tiers, not just three. Medicare and Medicaid tend to pay less than the cost of the value of what they receive. Insurance companies try to follow suit and negotiate to pay 40-60 cents on the dollar. The uninsured price is often negotiable with most providers if there is actual intent to pay. The goal of a government or public option is not, nor should it be, to pay less than the value of the care provided. Neither should the goal be to shift anyone into the public option from private insurance without some type of penalty.

There is plenty of competition in the health care industry. There isn’t much competition in the insurance industry. There is no price collusion between providers and insurers. That would be illegal. Providers are free to accept or decline any insurance they choose. Why should any provider accept payment from any insurer that pays less than the value of the services rendered? Unfortunately, with Medicare and Medicaid, there isn’t much choice. I think we’d all like to see the price structure simplified and all third party reimbursers forced to pay the same price. A big problem now is that you can’t even be sure insurance will cover a procedure after they have preapproved it.

The burden that the insurance industry has placed upon the user and the provider is untenable. Health care providers spend a small fortune employing people to deal with reimbursement and collections. Insurers make a game out of paying late because that extra day or two of interest is more money in their pocket. Insurers can be penalized for late reimbursement but the penalty is woefully inadequate.

Jeff stated that doctors need to be salaried but the question I have is, by whom? Since most doctors are self-employed, how would they be salaried? They have huge overhead with office expenses and staff. Doctors just don’t make that much money anymore. Consider that most go to school for 6-8 years. That’s followed by a residency and perhaps a fellowship. What salary would you think that would be worth, especially when you have to be on-call? Many doctors graduate with a debt in excess of $100,000. What incentive is there to work hard, perhaps 60 hours-per-week for a meager salary? Would you work long days and take call weekends and holidays?

I’m fascinated by the claim that doctors are taking kickbacks and rebates on drugs and services. What legitimate basis can you provide for these claims since these acts are illegal? There was much that went on years ago that never should have been allowed. I’m sure there are still some who take what they can get under the table, but to make a generalization that all doctors are on the take is just not true.

Jeff also doesn’t realize that continuing education is mandatory. What does he mean by “take place in Podunk, NJ or not at all?” Would you want a doctor caring for you who had no additional training in the 10 or 20 years since graduating from medical school? Health care is not static and new procedures, techniques and equipment are constantly being introduced. My mother received care (briefly) after a stroke from a marginally competent physician who was clueless about modern medicine and thought she had Parkinson’s. Fortunately she survived because of attentive family members. She’s doing well fifteen years later and does not have Parkinson’s.

The supply of doctors isn’t so much carefully controlled by the AMA as it is by the market and the desire of people to subject themselves to years of training for declining reimbursement. The government has increased the supply of qualified caregivers by expanding training programs for nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwifes. The problem now is that with the tanking of the economy, the loss of jobs and benefits, it’s not so easy for some of these highly trained, skilled folks to even find a job after graduation.

I think we can all agree that pharmaceutical companies gouge us all. They spend a fortune on advertising trying to get people to believe they should take a pill for every ache or ailment. And of course it must be brand and not generic because drug companies want us to believe that the 3 cent pill is grossly inferior to the $3.50 pill even when made by the same company. The other farce is to combine two generic drugs to make a new “brand” drug and charge a huge markup. As for salespeople, some sales network is necessary as with any business. You can’t sell a product without educating people about its use, especially if it’s a drug.

I think some the biggest issues in health care fall into a number of categories:
1. Denial of insurance for pre-existing conditions.
2. Affordability of insurance.
3. Limits on deductibles.
4. Excessive profit margins by insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies and other products marketed for health care. Does a CEO really need to make $40-50 million or more in salary and benefits?
5. People needing care who opt not to carry insurance when they can afford it and opting not to pay for care received.
6. People who simply can’t afford insurance or health care.
7. Limited ability to get reasonable insurance as an individual.
8. Limited insurance options and portability of policies.
9. Too much red tape and decision-making power with insurance companies.
10. Transparency of actual costs vs. charges.

There are so many facets to the current health care dilemma. Any solution that mandates lower salaries for health care workers is going to result in fewer providers or providers of lower caliber. We are already expected to do too much with too little. How many other jobs demand absolute perfection but reimburse with the convoluted system that we use in health care?

Bob Morgan

Letter: Response to MacKenzie health care letter

I read Jeff MacKenzie’s letter on Sept. 17 in the Elburn Herald and would have a hard time finding anything as negative as what he wrote and in fact, had a hard time reading it period. His statements below are in quotes.

“Migration to the government price—a profoundly lower price—is exactly what I need.”

Obama has never shown us concrete premiums for his plan. But a possible comparison is the Illinois insurance plan CHIPS. It’s state insurance for people who can’t get insurance elsewhere. Yes, that’s right, there already is government health care available.

But a family of four, parents in their 40s, two children under age 19, would pay $870 per month, with a $5,000 deductible each. My husband and I, both age 62, would pay a total of $1,624 per month with a $5,000. deductible. This gives you a factual premium cost of a healthcare plan run by the government.

Obama says the insurance will be paid for by those who use it, not out of taxpayer’s money. First of all, we know taxpayer money is already earmarked to be used.

And hurrah for you, Joe Wilson, yes Obama lied. Nothing will change with a government plan because those who can’t afford it still won’t be able to pay for insurance coverage. Except now they’ll be fined by the government for not buying it. We all know that government red tape will make it just about impossible for someone to prove that they can’t afford the premiums and avoid the fine.

“Pricing”: Jeff said doctor income needs to be substantially reduced. I have a friend who’s a doctor, and with the participating provider deductions from insurance companies, his income has consistently gone down over 25 years of practice. In other words, the more expertise he has, the less he gets paid. Doctors go through a long period of education before they can start making money. If the doctor is good, and especially if at times our very lives are in their hands, they deserve to be paid very well.

One year ago, I had cervical spine surgery in which the surgeon cut through the front of my neck, moved my esophagus and vocal cords to the side and filed down deformed bone that if left alone, would have possibly severed my spinal cord and paralyzed me from the neck down. A good orthopedic doctor found the problem and besides him, I consulted with two excellent neurosurgeons, before choosing the doctor who did my surgery.

There was no choice in the matter if I didn’t want to risk paralysis, and I had to trust that my doctor, the nurses and support staff, including a second neurosurgeon who assisted at the surgery, would bring me through. I had to trust that the anesthesiologist whose hands I was in would know what to do if I had a reaction, since I am extremely sensitive to medications and had never been under general anesthetic before.

The total bill for everything was $99,278.12. I can’t visualize what every minute of my five-hour surgery entailed and I don’t want to. No one involved received 100 percent of their share of the $99,278.12. My main surgeon’s bill was reduced by Blue Cross by 31 percent for his 35 years of expertise working around my spinal cord for five hours.

His “assistant” neurosurgeon received less than $1,000. If he’d had to step in for any reason, or simply because he “assisted,” he was worth a lot more than that.

I never experienced a headache or vomiting from the anesthesia mix that the anesthesiologist designed. He was paid $1,887 for keeping me alive for five hours.

My physical therapist restored all movement to my arms, shoulders and neck after the trauma of the surgery, and Blue Cross reduced his and his facilities payment by 50 percent. The nurses at the hospital stayed by my side, administered medication and checked on me every 10 minutes from the moment I hit my hospital room. For their excellent care, the use of pre- and post-surgical rooms, the operating room and all medications, including two nurses who stayed with me 100 percent of my time before, during and after surgery, the hospital’s bill was reduced by 29 percent.

The radiologists, labs and pathologists charged a total of $313.70 for their services, but only received $71 total. A total of $67,812.65 was written off by Blue Cross as a PPO reduction. I would say that doctors income has already been substantially reduced.

“The general public trusts their doctors—I’m not sure why.”

If a doctor has been successful in making you well or has handled a successful surgery, why wouldn’t you trust him/her?

“Medical liability should be eliminated.”

Here’s an example of why it shouldn’t: My husband had a friend who died of cancer at age 24. He had a growth on his thigh the size of a baseball. He was in a car accident and the surgeons needed to do a bone graft in his back. They took bone out of the leg with this baseball size growth and put it in his back. He died a short time later when the cancer therefore spread like wildfire. His young wife was left with medical bills which she figured she’d never pay off in her lifetime. What happened to him was not a simple mistake—it was gross negligence and his wife should have been able to sue and get some help with those bills.

Any doctor can make a mistake, just like any office worker can. But when something turns out to be gross negligence by a doctor, the injured patient or their remaining family have a right to compensation. Where the courts have failed us is when they’ve allowed huge payments on minor or non-negligence suits. The ones that, however, are justified, deserve to be paid.

“The pharmaceutical industry would have us believe that their high prices are necessary to support research. Far too little of their spending is on research” and “Pfiser has a single drug from which they get $68 billion a year.”

Please inform us of the drug’s name and how you got this information so I can research it. C’mon, Elburn Herald. When I did research for a letter in which I commented on building an Aldi’s near my house and included several hours of research on area stores that I carried out, you refused to publish the research as “you had no way of knowing if it was true.” But you publish an outlandish figure like $68 billion on this guys word?

“Healthcare costs the average American more than $10,000 per year.”

Again, show me where you got this statistic. I’m 62 years old and never in all my years of illness and minor and major surgeries have I ever paid out $10,000 in one year.

“A short time ago I voted for Democrats.”

Ah, finally we know where the problem is.

I’m a former employee of both a pharmaceutical company and a hospital, and a patient who has had several surgeries and here’s what people need to think about.

1. Let’s say you have a brilliant daughter who gets a masters degree in chemistry and biology. She’s hired by a pharmaceutical company as part of a team to work on a cancer drug. What should she and her team members each be paid? What is the cost of lab space, equipment and support staff (such as me, who sat for hours typing drug reports for the FDA)? The team works for seven years minimum. Finally the drug is approved by the FDA for human testing. In the cross section of people who offer themselves as guinea pigs, only 1 percent suffers a serious side effect and so the FDA approves the drug. The public loves the drug company at this point.

Once on the market, a larger percentage of patients experience the serious side affect, or new ones appear, and the company decides that it would be cheaper to take it off the market than to pay lawsuits and to risk anyone else from having the side effects. They now have no profit whatsoever on the drug and the people who could have benefited no longer have this drug available.

Now the drug company is an evil monster. (Read the excellent book “The Killers Within,” by Shnayerson/Plotkin, to see the costs to fight the current antibiotic-resistant bacteria problems. The Chicago Tribune’s business section recently wrote that Baxter Labs is investing $435 million into Alzheimers research.)

Let’s say they work several more years on this drug, and the serious side effects have been addressed. At this point the drug company has made no profit. And let’s say the drug company must now charge $100 per month for the drug in order to cover costs and make enough of a profit so that they can now work, for seven years on other promising drugs.

But countries with socialistic medicine, such as Canada, decide $100 is too much, and will only let them charge $80. To make up the difference the company must charge Americans $120. Thus our higher drug costs.

President Bush understood this and was vilified as siding with the evil drug companies when he tried to make it illegal to buy drugs in other countries.

The drug companies are trying to help us, not hurt us. Over the years they have created thousands of drugs which have made life easier and saved lives. When they release a drug, there is always the fear a side effect will rear its ugly head. All the side effect warnings on the package inserts need to be taken very seriously before you pop any pill, including an innocent seeming aspirin, into your mouth. They cannot control how each individual body handles a drug. These drugs are, in fact, very expensive to create and manufacture.

2. The insurance companies may be profit makers but they are not the devil. Why are we so against a profit when that is exactly what we wished all the companies like AIG had produced?

By offering lifetime payout limits and not covering pre-existing conditions immediately, insurance companies can offer cheaper plans to employers. This is how they stay competitive. Obama says he won’t allow insurance companies to have lifetime payout limits and that they’ll be forced to cover pre-existing. This sounds good in a speech before Congress and the nation, however, where will the money come from as the insurance companies costs skyrocket? How will employers pay the higher price for this? And Obama never tells you that they will cover a pre-existing condition after a waiting period, usually six months.

3. Few people know that when Congress enacted President Bush’s Medicare drug program that private insurance companies were no longer allowed to offer drug policies to Medicare patients. The government program couldn’t survive if it had private competition. Government backed healthcare will have the same problem.

4. That illegal aliens wouldn’t be able to buy Obama’s insurance only leaves them in the same place—ER visits where they can’t be turned away. We will all continue to pay their expenses. Since they are illegal, the government won’t even be able to fine them for not having insurance.

5. A solution: When your children graduate from high school or college and are no longer covered on your plan—get them their own individual coverage immediately while they’re still young and in good health. There are many different plans available through Blue Cross alone that can be viewed at

If they never let it lapse, they will never be without coverage despite an illness or job loss. My son has had three jobs. Two of them didn’t offer any insurance at all. The one that did offered an insurance policy that wasn’t as good as the individual policy he took out immediately after college. Through 14 months of unemployment he had full insurance coverage. We need to get our young people on individual policies immediately

6. Having worked as an insurance verifier at a hospital, I saw the number of people who didn’t have adequate insurance, or who had Medicaid that paid very little. I spent a great deal of time fighting with insurance companies so they’d cover patients. The hospital was often underpaid for their actual costs. That in turn, goes on others bills so they can afford to stay open. What happens when the government reduces all payments?

I also saw how, despite their discounts and PPO reductions, insurance companies usually do pay for necessary surgery. I saw that HMO’s are often flawed as they often deny patients much needed care because their primary doctor makes poor decisions.

When you think of Obama’s health plan, think HMO. And think that the government will find a way to reduce all payments to the point where expert doctors and their staffs, can no longer afford to do what they do so well. Our healthcare system will decline.

I’ve heard of people from countries with socialized medicine waiting months to get a doctor visit or medications, or being denied tests that were crucial to a solid diagnosis. A nurse at the hospital at which I worked brought her mother here from Ireland because their socialistic medicine could not supply a life-saving drug for six months, but she could get it here in one day.

This is because of the current healthcare that is, in fact, so good here. Some writers have claimed that other countries pay 13 percent of their income for healthcare and that it is a lower rate than we pay here. You have to look at all of their taxes. On the Internet, you’ll find that countries such as Norway charge as high as 75 percent of income for their socialism. Who’s to say what part of that goes to healthcare? My husband doesn’t pay anywhere near 13 percent for our insurance.

7. Finally, a note on Medicare. I see the government trying to chip away at it. Medicare was created because all people who retired were suddenly without health insurance after leaving their jobs. This left a vast amount of people who had earned their way suddenly in a dire situation.

Every legal American currently living has paid into Medicare, (along with, actually, many illegal aliens). The actual costs for co-payments and deductibles aren’t cheap once you get it. And when people say that the elderly cost so much more than everyone else with all of their medical problems, I want them to consider all of the health and accident issues caused by young careless drivers and anyone who is drug and alcohol addicted. Take a look at your medical insurance and you will probably find that insurance covers more for drug and alcohol addiction that it does for someone seeking help for other mental conditions.

What about babies who would have never survived before but now do because of expensive medical procedures? Get off the backs of senior citizens, whose age-related issues you will inherit one day. Age discrimination is rampant in the healthcare discussion.

Obama constantly brings up the inflated figure of 30 million people without insurance. A Google search shows that about 250 million Americans do have insurance.

The recent protest against our president’s speech to schoolchildren shows that more and more Americans are now distrusting a man who they should have distrusted before they voted him into office. Just because he can go on TV and have the last word doesn’t make that word truthful or right. People at town hall meetings are screaming for the same reason we all do—you scream when you aren’t being heard.

The fact that even Obama’s democrats are having a problem with his health plan shows that they either truly see all it’s faults or that maybe, just maybe they’re finally hearing us.

Paula Coughlan

Letter: Chamber thanks volunteers, vendors for farmers market season

The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry extends sincere thanks to all of the volunteers and vendors who worked so hard to make the 2009 Sugar Grove Chamber Farmers Market our best season ever.

The Farmers Market is an important element of our rural community that helps to establish a sense of identity, while serving the community by making fresh farm products, crafts, and specialty items available in one convenient location.

The chamber especially thanks Pat Graceffa, Mari Johnson, Don Meisinger, Andy and Tina Cella, Scott Risch and Dan Neely, whose dedication, hard work and friendly attitude help make the market a pleasant experience for everyone.

Our vendors deserve special kudos as well. For 17 weeks, they set up their booths before 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, greeted the patrons with a smile, and offered great products until noon. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and is an essential aspect of the market’s success.

In addition, the chamber thanks all of the patrons of our market for their loyalty and commitment to supporting the market and its many vendors and special activities. Even on rainy Saturday mornings, many of our patrons braved the nasty weather to make the rounds at the market.

Shari Baum
Executive Director
Sugar Grove Chamber

Letter: Elburn emergency responders take extra step

This past Friday, Sept. 25, my husband was outside on a gorgeous day here in Elburn stacking firewood.

Enjoying the weather, whistling a tune, he suddenly felt his back spasm and collapsed to the ground, unable to move. He was in pain but he could talk well enough—husband can always talk—and soon enough we decided that the best course of action was to get him to Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

We placed a 911 call, and I was shocked that approximately two minutes later—at least it felt that way to me—the paramedics were at our door. Talk about a fast response, I’m still amazed.

The medics were kind and attentive to my husband and soon realized that they were going to need help to move my husband. The dear man was in so much pain, he yelled where ever he was touched. The medics decided to handle him with utmost care.

Therefore, they decided to call in the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District for backup assistance. The next thing I know, firemen were at my door, helping to secure my husband safely and comfortably out the door and into an ambulance.

After speaking with my husband briefly in the ambulance, I turn around to see all the firemen loading and finishing the stacking of wood that had caused my husband all this attention in the first place.

My heart broke just a little to see such kindness and compassion in this day and age where, most of the time all you see is jealousy, anger and resentments.

I am sincerely hoping that the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District members that came out too to help us, and the medics as well, get an extra treat in the goodie bags this season for they all sure deserve it. Thank you so much again.

Lola Salamon

Letter: Thank you for attending Aleburn

I would like to thank everyone who attended our second annual Aleburn.

The weather was perfect, and attendance was double what it was last year. A very special thank you to Ream’s Elburn Market for sponsoring the 10-piece big band, they were a favorite to young and old.

In addition I would like to thank Dan at Cambridge Electric, Hogan Walker, Blackberry Township, Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District, and all of the volunteers who helped make this event a success. Monies raised will be set aside for next year’s fireworks celebration on July 11, 2010.

Bill Brauer, Elburn Chamber

Beall receives scholarship from Dominican University

Andrea Beall, a resident of Sugar Grove, received the Presidential Scholarship from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. Beall is a graduate of Rosary High School.

The Presidential Scholarship is Dominican University’s most prestigious scholarship. It is awarded to students who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class with an ACT score of 28 or higher. Scholarship recipients will receive a $15,000 award that is renewable until the student earns a bachelor’s degree, to a maximum of three years after the initial year.

Kaneland Cagers to hold tryouts

The Kaneland Cagers boys travel basketball program will host tryouts for the 2010 winter season on the following dates and times:

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, at Kaneland High School, East Gym.

Times: Sat: 5th grade, noon.-1 p.m.; 6th grade, 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.; 7th grade, 2:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m; 8th grade, 3:45 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.
Sun: 5th grade, noon-1 p.m.; 6th grade, 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.; 7th grade, 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.; 8th grade, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Rosters are limited to boys who reside within the Kaneland Community School District 302 boundaries. Call Joe Spitzzeri at (630) 232-8105 for more information

Kaneville Crush

The Kaneville baseball program announces a tryout for the Kaneville Crush. The Crush is a 12 U traveling baseball team playing in the KCBL league. The Crush will play a 16-game schedule with a post-season tournament.The fees will be about $300, depending on the number of tournaments played.

The fees cover equipment, insurance, umpires and two sets of uniforms.

Games run mid-April through mid-July and indoor practice starts in February.

Boys must be 12 or younger as of April 30, 2010. The tryout will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. The location is Kaneville East field on Harter Road in downtown Kaneville, four miles west of Route 47. Boys should arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Please contact Coach Gaulin at (630) 466-0235.

Animal Control to conduct rabies vaccination clinic

COUNTY—The Kane County Animal Control Department will host a rabies vaccination clinic from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Kane County Animal Control Facility, 4060 Keslinger Road in Geneva. The facility is located at the southwest corner of Peck and Keslinger roads. Fees are payable in cash or check.

Fees are as follows:
• Rabies vaccine: $15
• County rabies tag: $10
• Senior Citizens 65 or over; County tag is free
• Microchipping: $15

The clinic is for dogs and cats only. Please keep your pets on leashes or in carriers. Bring in your pets for a low-cost rabies vaccination.

Best defense against the flu is a good offense: Vaccination and education

COUNTY—As we enter the flu season, the Kane County Health Department wants to remind residents that even a single sick family member can cause disruption in a family’s day-to-day life.

For example, a sick child can force a parent to stay home from work, possibly losing wages. Businesses, too, can suffer if substantial numbers of their workforces are out ill or are staying home caring for an ill child.

“The best defense against the flu is a good offense. In other words, taking pre-emptive measures such as getting vaccinated and following the Three Cs (cover your cough, clean your hands, contain your germs by staying home) are the best ways to prevent getting or spreading the flu,” said Paul Kuehnert, Kane County Health Department Executive Director.

The Health Department recommends keeping the sick person in a room separate from the common areas of the house (for example, a spare bedroom with its own bathroom, if that’s possible). Keep the sickroom door closed. Unless necessary for medical care or other necessities, people who are sick with an influenza-likeillness should stay home and keep away from others as much as possible, including avoiding travel, for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities (Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). This is to keep from making others sick. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods

Vaccine for the seasonal flu is now available at many pharmacies or from your physician. A vaccine for the H1N1 virus is expected to be available in October.

More information about the seasonal or H1N1 flu viruses is available at the Health Department’s Web site at

Providing safe care

When providing care to a household member who is sick with influenza, the most important ways to protect yourself and others who are not sick are to

• remind the sick person to cover their coughs, and clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after coughing and/or sneezing

• have everyone in the household clean their hands often, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Children may need reminders or help keeping their hands clean

• ask your health care provider if household contacts of the sick person—particularly those contacts who may be pregnant or have chronic health conditions—should take antiviral medications such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) to prevent the flu

• If you are in a high risk group for complications from influenza, you should attempt to avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with household members who are sick with influenza.

• Infants should not be cared for by sick family members.

Photo by Mayr, cc

Hole in one

On Sept. 3, Scott Boan of Elburn scored his first hole-in-one at Hughes Creek golf course using a five-iron on hole 11 at 201 yards. The shot was witnessed by Margot Monaghan and Richard Shachtay. Also on Sept. 4, Jay Griffin of St. Charles made a hole-in-one at Hughes Creek Golf on hole 3 using a nine-iron at 135 yards. This was witnessed by Mike Colby and Kirk Erickson.

Kaneland vs. Batavia football preview

Kaneland (3-1, 2-0) vs. Batavia (1-3, 0-2) 7:30 p.m. at Peterson Field

Kaneland might be getting Batavia coming into hostile territory at the right
time. The Bulldogs, under coach Mike Gaspari, come to Peterson Field having
just suffered a 30-6 loss to the Rochelle Hubs. Kaneland had bested Rochelle
on Sept. 11 in a 33-12 affair. Batavia graduated much of their core from
last year’s team, including QB Jordan Coffey and RB Bai Kabba.

Batavia is led by QB Noel Gaspari, who was 6-for-19 for 103 yards against
the Hubs. Meanwhile, Kaneland signal-caller Joe Camaliere made things happen
with his arm (3 TD throws) and his feet (65 yards rushing) against host

Last year’s meeting in Batavia saw the Bulldogs conquer the Knights, 31-21.
The setback brought Kaneland’s mark down to 3-2 (2-1 WSC), with KHS going
2-2 the rest of the way in the regular season. Camaliere hit Pat Fleming for
a 31-yard score just 1:44 into the game.

Knights WR Quinn Buschbacher not only had two touchdowns in last week’s win,
but also recovered a Ryley Bailey fumble with under two minutes left in the
game to preserve Kaneland’s clock-chomping drive that ended the game. The 5′ 9″
sophomore caught three passes for 114 yards on the evening.

Here is where to go:

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Kaneland High School remembers 9/11

By Ali Boan
Kaneland Krier Executive Editor

KANELAND NEWS BUREAU—The flag flew at half mast on the morning of Friday, Sept. 11, at Kaneland High School as the Fox Valley fire science class led a ceremony in remembrance of 9/11.

Fire science teacher Gary Baum opened the ceremony with a brief speech remembering the fire fighters, police and paramedics who died in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center in New York City.

The choir sang the national anthem as many students gathered around the flagpole to mourn the thousands of people who died that day.

Fire science students raised the flag to half mast as the choir sang.

“I think it’s a great tribute to those who perished in 9/11. It’s good for the fire science students to participate; it shows great patriotism,” Larry Imel, director of the Fox Valley Career Center, said,

The Fox Valley Career Center’s fire science class had only been preparing for the ceremony three days prior to their performance, Javier Martinez, Kaneland government teacher, said.

“I think it went very well,” Martinez said.

Members of the fire science program said they were happy they could be part of the ceremony.

“I felt very honored. Looking back on all the men and women that gave their lives that day, that made being a part of this ceremony such an honor,” Nick Zimmer, senior fire science student, said.

The ceremony was held outside of Kaneland High School at 8:30 a.m. and lasted approximately 15 minutes. It ended with a moment of silence to remember all those who lost their lives that day.

Sept. 24 SG village notes

Library receives special liquor permit for fundraiser
The Village Board on Sept. 15 granted a special liquor permit for the Sugar Grove Library Friends to feature wine at a fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 13. The event will include a wine tasting, and people will be able to purchase bottles of wine, as well.

According to Library Friends President Pat Graceffa, proceeds from the sale will go to support library programs and materials.

Village hosts joint meeting of taxing bodies
The village will host a joint meeting of the Sugar Grove community taxing bodies this fall, with a tentative date of Oct. 27. This gathering has taken place annually since 2004, with representatives of taxing bodies sharing information with each other regarding grants and other revenue sources as well as voicing their concerns.

Crosby named Minors’ Pitcher of the Year

COMSTOCK PARK, MI—The Detroit Tigers announced Sept. 23 that left-handed pitcher Casey Crosby has been named the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Crosby went 10-4 with a 2.41 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 104.2 innings pitched with the Whitecaps this season. He also put together an amazing second half, going 5-2 with a 0.78 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched and was named to the Midwest League Postseason All-Star team.

This is the fourth straight season that a Whitecap has been named the Tigers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Jon Kibler won the award last season. Duane Below took home the award in 2007 and Burke Badenhop was honored in 2006.

Sept. 24 area police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

• James R. Parsons IV, 31, of the 1000 block of Rushmore Drive in DeKalb, was arrested at 12:10 a.m. Sept. 16 in the Metra train station yard at 422 Railroad Ave. in Elburn, on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court.

Police responded to a report that Parsons was intoxicated and harassing a Metra employee.

The warrants were from Glendale Heights, Ill., and DuPage County.

• Six teenagers were arrested for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor at 11:05 p.m. Sept. 19, at a home in the 42W900 block of Hughes Road in Elburn.

Those arrested were a 17-year-old juvenile of the 1200 block of Dorr Drive in Sugar Grove, a 17-year old juvenile of the 17000 block of Barber Greene Road in Sycamore, Jordan C. Bergman, 18, of the 1100 block of Griffin Avenue in Elburn, a 17-year-old juvenile of the 42W900 block of Hughes Road in Elburn, and two 16-year-old juveniles.

Sugar Grove
• Someone shot out a car window in a driveway on the 300 block of Mallard Lane, Sugar Grove, at 5:50 p.m. on Sept. 11. The cost of the window is $500.

• Gabriela Mendoza, 20, of the 500 block of Terry Avenue, Sugar Grove, was charged on Aug. 27 with driving with a suspended license, speeding at 74 mph in a 55 mph zone and illegal transportation of liquor. She was driving southbound on Route 47 near Waubonsee Community College. She was later charged in a separate incident on Sept. 10 at 12:04 p.m. with driving on a suspended license. She was driving southbound on Route 47 near Galena Boulevard.

Maple Park
• The Kane County Grand Jury on Sept. 8 indicted Walter Brown, of the 600 block of Center Street in Maple Park, for retail theft. St. Charles police arrested Brown earlier this year for the crime.

The indictment is not proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Letter: Thanks to Wiltse Greenhouse and Farm for donation

As chairperson for the Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School Grounds Beautification Committee, I would like to thank Kate Wiltse of Wiltse Greenhouse and Farm in Maple Park for her generous donation of mums for our planter. We greatly appreciate your interest in helping to make our school look its best.

I would also like to remind everyone that the annual Fall Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at John Stewart. Any parents, students or community members who are willing to volunteer any amount of time are encouraged to attend and help beautify our school grounds.

Kelly Durbala

Letter: Hogfan Party update and thanks

Just thought I would let you know the results of Jason’s Hogfan Party on Saturday, Sept. 12. We sold 262 pigroast tickets and may have already outgrown the Moose.

Arlene Gould had amazing sides to go with a really delicious pig roast by T’s Roasting of Sugar Grove. The 30-foot dessert table was a sight to behold. I just can’t thank all of you who donated desserts. I guess people were worried that we would not have enough, so they brought four.

We had so many donations of raffles and silent auction and you could have gott en incredible deals. The Hogwheel was a major hit and we will expand that next year. We gave away a flat screen digital television, a $400 Bike from the Bike Rack, a Wii console, American Girl Doll and much, much more.

Dr. Rob Baiocchi from Ohio State University flew in for the whole event and spoke to the group about where their money was going and the lack of funding currently by the NIH. He is one of the top cancer researchers at Ohio State University Cancer Research Center in Columbus, Ohio. One person was so impressed with his talk that she immediately wrote a check for $1,000. Dr. Rob also explained how the cancer vaccine that we are supporting this year in Jason’s behalf is beginning clinical trials and in animal trials, it is preventing PTLD (the lymphoma Jason got that is caused by the Epstein Barr virus that all of us have). This is one of the worst complications of any kind of transplant, and it will hopefully be eliminated in the next couple of years. He just couldn’t thank us enought for our support.

Recently, I got an email from Dr. Mike Caligiuri, the head of all transplant centers in the United States and the Head of Ohio State University Cancer Center, and he wanted to thank us for the fundraiser and the support. He said we are in the funding that will eliminate the complication that Jason died from and that thousands will die from still this year.

Jason was there in spirit, and that contributed to the overall spirit of the event. We on the committee for this year’s Hogfan Party will have a few more of you joining us next year simply because you were so impressed with the commitment you saw from all. All of Jason’s family, friends and the committee for Friends of Jason Gould thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support, donations of raffles and silent auction items, coming and sharing the time with us, and of course for your financial donations, no matter what amount.

It looks like we will have raised around $24,000 with donations still coming in every day. I had a goal of $20,000-30,000 for our first year. And we raised that in the current economy and not really having any corporate sponsors yet. Once we pay expenses, we will send a check to Ohio State University (actually we will take it out in person). We are hoping to still increase the amount we are sending and will close out this year’s event the middle of October. I know that there were some of you who were going to donate, and you still have time. We really need your support. You can donate on Jason’s website all year using PayPal or you can send checks to Sandy Gould, P.O. Box 467 Oswego, IL 60543. Checks are payable to Friends of Jason Gould Inc. Your donations are tax deductible. 100 percent of net proceeds will go to the research. I think that Ohio’s cancer research is some of the most innovative, brilliant and successful in terms of outcomes, new chemo therapies, integrative therapies in all kinds of cancer.

I hope you will consider supporting us by sending your donation in any amount. Those $10-25 contributions add up like you can’t believe. For those of you who are getting this who already contributed, you will get an official thank you letter for tax purposes, etc. from us in the next week or two.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This has been the most gratifying collaberative effort in the name of Jason Patrick Gould who wanted to pursue this dream himself and now we are simply fulfilling his wishes.

We are “Hogwild About a Cure.”

Sandy Gould
Committee for Friends of Jason Gould, Inc.

Letter: Parents as Advocates fall retreat for moms coming soon

There is something exciting I plan each fall and wanted to let my friends and family know about it. Many of you know that when Max was two, my friend Karol Peters and I started a support group for Kaneland-area parents who are raising children with disabilities.

We named the group Parents As Advocates, and we strive to help families become stronger in their roles as advocates for their children. We meet over breakfast at Papa G’s one Saturday morning a month to network, offer support and learn from guest speakers. We have social events throughout the year, and share information/resources via our e-mail group lists.

Four years ago I felt God put a great idea in my mind, so I went with it and PAA hosted its first-ever “Fall Retreat for Moms” over in the John Stewert Victorian Mansion in Elburn. It was a smashing success with 44 moms who are raising children with special needs in attendance. Now, fast forward to our fourth annual retreat. On Friday through Sunday, Oct. 16-19, Parents As Advocates is hosting an expanded two-night retreat for up to 75 area moms who have children with disabilities.

These ladies very rarely have the opportunity to get away on their own and focus on themselves. As you can imagine, mothering a child with special needs is a tremendous blessing, while at the same time, it is a challenge few can handle without some very trying times. Our mission is to provide these moms with an experience that will “recharge their batteries” and allow them to return to their families with a renewed sense of purpose and encouragement. Our theme this year is “Intermission from your Three Ring Circus”.

To make this retreat a success, we are leaning on others in the community for help. How can you help? I have some suggestions …

You could make a donation to our “Love Baskets.” Each mom will be surprised to receive a beautiful basket brimming with little goodies, gift certificates, products and coupons when she arrives at the retreat. No item is too small to be accepted for the baskets, and anything you feel you could contribute would be very much appreciated.

Or, you could make a donation to be given away as a door prize. For example, last year we had donations which included everything from house-cleaning gift certificates, to court-side Bulls tickets, to digital cameras, to Motorolla phones to dinner and movie gift certificates, and everything in between. Nothing is too small or too big.

If you frequent a business that provides a “pampering” service (manicure, hair styling, massage, etc.) you could let them know about our retreat and ask them to donate their time. We will have rooms set up where the moms can receive some free and much needed pampering. Most of these moms pamper themselves in this way either rarely or never, so you can imagine what an appreciated treat this will be for them. We are also seeking volunteers to come in and give manicures on Saturday afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m. Last year we had about 10 volunteers, and we need that many for this year too.

Another way to help is by making a monetary donation which would go toward giving scholarships to those moms who cannot afford the $170 registration fee. Raising a child with a disability entails an endless stream of expensive doctors, therapists and medications. There are several moms who would like to come but do not have the money to spend on themselves. A monetary contribution would allow us to include these deserving ladies. Thanks so very much to those of you who have already donated scholarships. The recipients were so thrilled.

Currently, we are about two-thirds full with 43 registered moms. If you know of someone who can benefit from this type of retreat, please have them contact me at

Thanks very much for all of your support in the past for Parents As Advocates. May you be richly blessed for it.

Carrie Capes
Maple Park

Letter: 2009 Elburn Days Thank You

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who visited the Elburn Chamber of Commerce booth in the Commercial Tent during Elburn Days. We would also like to thank everyone who attended the Sidewalk Sale, Flea Market and Craft Show during Elburn Days.

Thank you to Dr. Ken Baumruck and the Elburn Days Committee for your volunteer hours prior to the event. Thank you to Ted and Liz Memmoli, ATM Enterprises, Ltd. for sponsoring the Chamber Float. Thank you to all those that were on the float—Dr. Ken, Polly Ruzic, Kathy Frelich, Barb Lange, Lori Innocenti, Andy Pavlovich, Nathaniel, Giovanni, Cody and Zack. Thank you to Leslie Flint of the Elburn Herald for designing the signs for the Chamber parade walkers to carry. Thank you to the parade walkers for handing out the candy. Thank you to the members for giving of your time to help man the Elburn Chamber of Commerce booth during Elburn Days. Thank you to Rudy and the gang at Kountry Kettle for collecting the coffee cans used for the Elburn Dollars collection.

Thank you to CeCe Rocha, National Bank & Trust, and Polly Ruzic, Welcome Home, for their work on the Sidewalk Sale, Flea Market and Craft Show. Thank you to the volunteers that helped with the Sidewalk Sale, Flea Market and Craft Show. Thank you to the Community Congregational Church for allowing the Elburn Chamber of Commerce to use their parking lot to host the Flea Market Area. Thank you to the businesses in downtown Elburn who participated in the Sidewalk Sale during Elburn Days.

Thank you to the Elburn Lions Park for allowing the Elburn Chamber of Commerce to host the Craft Show in Lions Park.

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer-driven organization committed to serving local businesses and helping to foster a spirit of community in the Elburn area. We provide opportunities for members to promote their businesses, share ideas and to meet other business leaders.

Lori Innocenti
Elburn Chamber of Commerce